Even with all the latest safety features that the brand new cars boast today, you never know when your car will break down or get involved in an accident (knock on wood). Not to mention that more often than not, when we’re in a sticky situation, the help we seek doesn’t come as quickly as we want to.
Knowing the dire importance of being always ready, we’ve listed a few items that you should always keep in your car to help you survive your ordeal until roadside assistance arrives.
First Aid Kit
It’s a must to have a pack of pain relievers, antiseptic cream, cotton swabs, scissors, gauze pads, saline solution, and adhesive bandages in an easily recognizable bag. Make sure all items are organized enough that you or any other person can get what they need to treat minor wounds or help stop/slow down external bleeding until the ambulance arrives. You may ask a doctor or your local drug store to find out the best items to purchase for your car’s first aid kit.
Not that we’re scaring you but it’s an open secret that car fire can start at anytime, anywhere. Some causes are overheated engine, a short circuit, or even from the brakes. To help prevent the fire from spreading and causing more damage, it would be advisable to have a fire extinguisher inside your car.
For a vehicle, it’s recommended to purchase a fire extinguisher anywhere from two to four pounds. Also consider how and where it can be mounted inside your car as you would want it to be placed in an area that’s easy to access. Do check the expiry date of the fire extinguisher before buying.
Some accidents cause car doors to be jammed shut. A good work around for this is to have a hammer-like device called the window breaker. It has a sharp pointed tip that can break tempered glass while some even come with a built-in knife to cut seatbelts. If you have the time to get out without rushing, make sure that your eyes are protected before doing this and to “clean off” the window’s edges with a towel before getting out.
Reflective Safety Vest and Early Warning Device
Having a reflective safety vest and early warning device on hand can help keep you safe. How? In case the car breaks down, wearing the reflective safety vest and placing early warning devices on the road (usually several meters behind the car) will allow other drivers to see you from a distance. They can then make the necessary adjustments and/or provide assistance.
Lastly, having a phonebook with all the important numbers may come in handy when an accident happens. You, your passengers, the authorities, or even good Samaritans who don’t have access to your mobile phone can use this to contact necessary personnel like the Philippine National Police (PNP) and medical assistance. They can also use it to contact your loved ones to inform them of what has happened.
As they say, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Having the items in the list can spell the difference between life and death as you never know when an accident may happen.